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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

{Quick Reflections 3} Which Kind of Muslim are You?!

Posted by Badeea at 10:05 AM
if you have time plz check http://www.islamhelpline.com/about.asp. it is about the repentance and guidance of a Bohry to true Islaam.
Bohra are a sect of Shi"aa who constitute more than 1 million Muslims!!

The beauty of the story in the above link is opening our eyes on how someone devout can live a life time amongst false believes inspite of the very evident TRUTH infront of one's eyes if one insists on believing whatever a sect he belongs to tells him without questioning it. We should all question our status quo every once in a while.
We all have to question whatever we come across and search for the truth for ourselves and not just take for granted that a certain group is right and all others are wrong. After all ALLAAH (SWT) says, "wakulluhum aateehe yawm al-qiyamati farda". One will be responsible for himself only and can never say that i followed the so and so sect or group whom i thought were right. Didn't ALLAAH (SWT) give us eyes to see for ourselves, ears to hear and minds to think and contemplate?!!

Personally, as a child, I used to go to church in addition to the mosque, and many of my close friends were Jews and Buddists and even aethiests. My father used to tell me when i was 7 years old, look around and see for yourself, explore, but in the end you will reach the same conclusion i reached after i explored for years and years, two important facts;
1. Islaam is the only true reilgion.
2. True Islaam does not belong to a certain sect or cult. As our Beloved (SAWS) says in the hadeeth what means that Muslims will be divided into 73 groups, all of whom will be in hell except one group. Nowadays and since the division of Muslims, every single group of these claims to be the only one that is truthful and all the others are absolutely wrong. Now if any of these people in each of these groups had true guidance and common sense they would have realized that by saying that they are the only group whom our Prophet said about to be the one going to heaven, they have judged that all other Muslims out side their group or members of the other groups are in hell!! Of course this cannot be true. The explanation of the hadeeth is that only the faithfull people in each of these 73 groups are the ones who are in heaven in shaa ALLAAH.
Another indirect fact that could be deducted from that hadeeth is that that division in itself is meaningless and false based on the fact that faithful members from all groups are the only truthful group.

Last but not least, i would like to remind us all that the day the ayah, "alyawm akmalt lakum deenakum wa'tmamt "laykum ni"maty waradeet lakum al-islaam deena", the day that ayah was revealed there was only one group of Muslims. Any other group or division that was formed after the descent of that ayah is false whatever the reasons its founders gave, and then the nowadays followers say, that they are the only true ones.

We are Muslims .. full stop.

1 comments on "{Quick Reflections 3} Which Kind of Muslim are You?!"

Watermark on March 14, 2007 at 6:57 AM said...

This posting reminds me of a conversation I had with a friend of mine a few days ago who is studying environmental management. She was writing an essay on the differences between natural and social sciences from a philosophical point of view. She kept wondering whether our innate beliefs and stereotypes are more applicable to the natural sciences or more so in the social sciences or whether they were applied the same way in both types of sciences.

It was something to ponder over. In sciences like biology, chemistry and physics etc, theories are built on assumptions or hypotheses which are tested, built on observable facts then conclusions drawn. In sciences like sociology and psychology etc, you may even choose to not consider them complete sciences, nevertheless, some aspects of them are based on the same types of hypotheses, observable and testable facts then conclusions. Where do these hypotheses and assumptions come from? When a scholar or scientist puts forward a new concept or idea what is he basing it on?

It struck me then, it is most often based on the individual scholar or scientist's individual beliefs and stereotypes - fed in from his environment, from his observations and surroundings. It struck me again that it is often that newer theories cancel out old ones. Does that means that new theories suddenly appeared? No, they were always there but just couldn't be seen. Why?

There was a time when everyone thought the earth was flat. It was a solid theory at the time on which many other assumptions were built. When suddenly the discovery that dawned upon the scientists at the time that the earth is in fact round and we were not living on a planet that was the centre of the universe, does that mean that the earth suddenly transformed itself into a sphere? Obviously not!

It is often the case that our stereotypes prevent us from seeing the plain facts out there. Everything is laid out around us, we just have to learn to open our eyes and question as we search for the ultimate truth. Only then will we see true revelation.

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2009 THEME: Islam in the West and Our Children (Discussion & Resources regularly updated)

There is increasing concern that second and third generation Muslims in the West are mostly no longer Muslims so they actually end up adding to the Christian or Atheist population of the West, albeit racially from a non-Western origin. Accordingly, the ratios mentioned in the video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-3X5hIFXYU) would be correct in regards to race or ethnicity but not necessarily to religion.

It is a grave danger facing our children and grand children from a real life stand point as statistically only 1/5 of the second generation stay really Muslims when they grow up and are independent and almost non from the third generation are Muslims. And that is why the Western authorities are still permitting the immigration of Muslims inspite of the figures provided in the above video. They know that on the long term the descendants of Muslims in the West leave Islam because their parents raised them up with an Eastern mentality in a Western society instead of an Islamic mentality that encompasses all cultures.

You can see more about that by Jeffrey Lang; an ex-atheist American Mathematics University Professor who reverted to Islam in 1982. He has also written 3 books that I highly recommend; "Struggling to Surrender", "Even Angels Ask" and "Losing my Religion; A Call for Help".
Now I will leave you to enjoy 2 short excerpts from one of his lectures followed by links to his most important full presentation regarding our children.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmqN75NI0xg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT1KGyxBXC0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMANKaX8khw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgivQJKtQME
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga2rIUWcPPs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYb2v3Yx1LY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhMN_TZavW0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHeM0H0EMAw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD-YefJH9x0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2eVOKjOqHE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBQp7aZjxjc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4_xxQVGU44

Here is a solution that is yet to be implemented.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geRM4AlFBOU&NR=1

Raising children here is not an easy task ofcourse but if we do it the right way they will be true Muslims in shaa Allaah who are "Informed Muslims" rather than "Muslims by inheritance" like their counterparts in the East. Hopefully they will then be a much better generation than ours.

Quickly, I do believe that the best 4 authors (for example, there are many others but these are my favorite) who could guide us through this difficult process are Yahiya Emerick, Jeffrey Lang, Jamal Badawi and Dalia Mogahed.

Here are some links for future reference and for an ongoing learning process that I have started collecting slowly.
Please spread the below information to all your Muslim contacts in the West.

Jeffrey Lang:
http://meccacentric.com/jeffrey_lang.html I highly recommend the lecture titled "The Purpose of Life". It has true meanings that I have not come across in any Arabic literature.

Yahiya Emerick:
Articles:
http://www.islamicedfoundation.com/articles/articles.htm
http://www.islamfortoday.com/yahiyaemerick.htm I highly recommend reading and spreading the last article in this link by the name of "The Confusion of the Scholars"
Books:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=sr_adv_b/?search-alias=stripbooks&unfiltered=1&field-keywords=&field-author=Yahiya+Emerick&field-title=&field-isbn=&field-publisher=&node=&url=&field-feature_browse-bin=&field-binding_browse-bin=&field-subject=&field-language=&field-dateop=&field-datemod=&field-dateyear=&sort=relevancerank&Adv-Srch-Books-Submit.x=29&Adv-Srch-Books-Submit.y=8 There are only 14 books, about half for adults and the other half for kids. The extra are just repetitions.

Jamal Badawi:
Many products including books, articles and lectures mostly for adults. You can find them by searching his name online. My favorite is;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMfWURGcvBI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HXGRYaUy6g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyMD_tE6U68
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AixgiXpAFTY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WUgbgLgMXM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3VLRoQ3qUw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5UvvkCDrm4

Dalia Mogahed: (Obama's adviser)
Has one book so far but has a great potential. "Who Speaks for Islam".
You can watch her debate with Irshad Manji (an openly Lesbian Canadian Muslim who is distorting the picture of Islam in the name of "Progressive Islam")http://fora.tv/2008/07/01/Irshad_Manji_and_Dalia_Mogahed_-_Who_Speaks_for_Islam

Finally here is a website for a store that sells lots of Islamic products including Islamic cartoon DVDs in English and Arabic for kids.
http://www.astrolabe.com/category/17/Cartoons_and_KidVid.html?sid=ceb7c5cf8de15b8f1cb92ad29e183a44
 

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